Office of Dispute Resolution Schedule of Fees
|Case Type||District Court Civil and Probate||District Court Domestic Relations and Juvenile||County Court Civil and Criminal||Small Claims|
|Hourly Rate||Each party pays Neutral$75.00 per hour for mediation services, case preparation and MOU/Agreement Preparation.||Each party pays Neutral$60.00 per hour for mediation services and MOU/Agreement Preparation (Case Preparation only authorized in complicated matters or by agreement of the parties).||Each party pays Neutral $50.00 per hour for mediation services and MOU/Agreement Preparation.||Each party pays Neutral $30.00 per hour for mediation services and MOU/Agreement Preparation.|
|AdvanceDeposit||Neutrals shall not collect retainers for ODR cases. Neutrals may collect a three hour non-refundable advance deposit.||Neutrals shall not collect retainers for ODR cases. When applicable, Neutrals may collect a two hour non-refundable advance deposit.|
|Late Cancel/NoShow||Neutral may charge up to two hours of service if party (ies) fail to arrive in a reasonable time or fail to provide at least 10 days’ notice of cancellation.||Neutral may charge up to two hours of service if party (ies) fail to arrive in a reasonable time or fail to provide at least 7 days’ notice of cancellation.|
|For all case types, compensation for MOU/Agreement preparation shall not exceed two hours per case unless authorized by Director.|
How to Prepare for Your Mediation Service
Mediation is a voluntary, problem-solving process assisted by a neutral third party. The basic premise of mediation is that the parties involved in a dispute are best able to resolve the dispute. In addition, parties are generally more satisfied with, and have greater ownership in, solutions which they have a role in creating. Even if total resolution of a dispute is not accomplished through mediation, the process can assist parties to identify the underlying reasons for the dispute, narrow and clarify the issues, and discover areas of common ground where potential for agreement may exist. Mediation is subject to the Colorado Dispute Resolution Act C.R.S., § 13-22-301, et seq
Prepare a pre-conference statement (called a confidential settlement statement) 10 days before the scheduled mediation. The pre-conference statement should include:
- A list of issues you want to resolve during mediation.
- Identify your needs and interest in relation to these issues.
- Write down or list your understanding of the needs and interests of other parties.
- Bring to the mediation session copies of any court orders, financial documents, and other information pertaining to the dispute.
If child support is an issue, documentation of income and a completed Financial Affidavit will be needed by the mediator.